Thursday, December 15, 2005

Whatever Happened to Corn Quistos?

Since I'm a fat guy and grew up a fat kid I spend an inordinate amount of time wondering about food. And I was wondering the other day, "Whatever happened to Corn Quistos?" For anyone who doesn't know what the hell I'm talking about, Corn Quistos were a snack sold in the 80s. They were little hard, rolled pretzels with creamy cheese filling inside. I loved them. I remember walking on over to the 7-Eleven to get these and various other snacks (nachos, beef jerky, Big Gulp, ice cream)....mmmmmm!

Summer vacations were an endless round of junk food, TV watching, reading, and video rentals. Picture this: hot June and July days in El Paso, Texas, fat kid with glasses (almost a mini-Roger Ebert), walking a few blocks under a clear, desert sky (did I mention it was amazingly hot), sweat pouring down oversized T-shirt, in the armpits, on the chest area, a pair of "Husky" jeans. Said kid walks into the local 7-Eleven to feel the cool, refrigerated air and gets himself a Big Gulp, candy (Reese's or Twix), some nachos with gobs of gooey, yellow-orange cheese and slabs of jalapenos (they're not as good anymore at 7-Eleven), maybe a packet of Big League Chew, and possibly a comic book or two. Then rolls on back home to await his favorite cousin so they could go rent Spaceballs or Conan the Barbarian. Domino's Pizza delivers some pizza later on that night and we play on the Nintendo 64 the next morning.

Ain't a bloated, spoiled, American life grand?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man, I'm right there with ya! I MISS CORN QUISTOS! Combos just aren't the same.

Merlin said...

I can second that about the Quistos. In fact, I found this blog by searching for them. In my recollection, they were hollow tubular corn chips, not pretzels, covered in seasoning and filled with the creamy paste. That's likely why Combos don't quite hit the spot nowadays.
Also, for nostalgia's sake, do you remember the Cornquistador commercials? He was a spanish conquistador in full regalia who would bring the treasure of the Quisto to different places so that this phenomenal little snack item could banish all other snacks. Bad commercials but memorable for just that same reason.
Thanks for the memories.

Anonymous said...

They were indeed corn chips rather than pretzels. I also found this blog by looking for them. Especially the salsa flavor, those were INCREDIBLE.

Anonymous said...

Loved the Corn Quistos! Too bad I can't remember who made them. I would love to write them and ask to have them brought back.

Anonymous said...

Corn Quistos were great i like the Jalapino ones yes it was a corn chip we need to find who made them and get them back combos dont evne come close

Anonymous said...

Frito Lay was the maker. The "Picante" was the best for me. I never had the jalepeno ones...too bad for me.

Steve said...

Nacho Cheese was by flavor of choice. COMBOS SUCK! Can we start a petition to get Frito Lay to go back in to production! Man they were good.

Steve Albq NM

Cherry Carver said...

There is a petition!!! Here it is:

http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?cornquis&1

Sign it today! Tell your friends!!!

Anonymous said...

Cornquistos is from Mars, Incorporated.
Call 1-800-627-7852 Monday – Friday during these times:
Eastern Standard - 8 am to 5pm,
Central Standard – 7 am to 4 pm,
Mountain Standard – 6am to 3pm,
Pacific Standard – 5 am to 2 pm,
Just tell them you would like them to bring Corquistos back. The more calls they get the more likely we’ll be able to get these back on the market and in our bellies. They are always interested in what will make them money. So call, call, call! Let’s just bombard them with calls to bring back these delicious morsels of happiness.

Tim said...

I sent an email to Mars about bringing this awesome snack back and got this response.

"In response to your email regarding CORNQUISTOS FILLED SNACKS.

Thanks for contacting us about CORNQUISTOS FILLED SNACKS.

Because we are reviewing our marketing strategy, this product is unavailable at this time. Your comments will be shared with our Marketing Staff."


Everyone send them emails and maybe sooner or later the marketing staff will get the hint!!

http://www.mars.com/global/index.aspx

Anonymous said...

We used to smother them with hot sauce

Anonymous said...

Man we need to right combos and get them to make a corn combo. I bet if you found a bag of corn quistos they would taste the same. I used to suck them until the cheese popped out. Classic.